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welcome to "world news". tonight, the race for president. and one republican candidate, taking heat. dr. ben carson, rising in the polls. now fiercely defending his life story as donald trump laughs it up on stage. >> we're going to have a lot of fun tonight. inside job? the chilling new information. intercepted isis chatter, indicating they had infiltrated egypt's airport. did they get a bomb onboard? collapse. the giant gash in the earth, hundreds of feet long. swallowing 14 cars in a parking lot. ambushed. the texas judge, gunned down in front of her home. police investigating if someone wanted her dead. secret sexting. the widespread scandal at one high school, and the sneaky apps that may be on your child's smart phone. how they can be used to hide explicit photos. and, gator wrangler. the 12-foot, 800-pound beast
wandering behind a home depot, and the dental hygenist who jumped on the wild animal and took it down. good evening, thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. we begin with the race for the white house. the election exactly one year away, and dr. ben carson feeling the heat after being challenged on his past. meanwhile, donald trump, having no problem playing the part. mary bruce with the latest from the campaign trail. >> reporter: tonight, new scrutiny into ben carson's past intensifying, and he's pushing back. >> the burden of proof is not on me. >> reporter: first, his campaign clarifying that he was never admitted, or even applied to west point, and today, defending
his account in his book about a test he took in yale. the "wall street journal" raising questions about whether he was named the most honest student in class. and carson posting this 1970 article from the school paper that she says backs up his stor. and another story from high school, saying he shielded a group of white students during riots. >> anybody, going back decades, can be 100% accurate on anything, if you can show me that person, i will sit at their knee and learn. >> reporter: donald trump pouncing on the accusations. back to business today, after some funny business. live from new york, it was the donald being donald.
>> i have my talent, money, and especially my good looks. but you know what, they're not bad. >> reporter: trump and carson will meet again in just two days on the next debate stage. and questions about carson's past will likely be raised. and raising $3.5 million in fresh donations from all of this scrutiny. tom? >> thank you. next, to the investigation to the downing of this russian passenger jet in egypt. the bomb theory strengthening tonight. and the bodies of some of those buried this weekend, found with shrapnel. here's brian ross. >> reporter: aviation security officials tonight say there is
new evidence it was likely an inside job. that isis recruited someone with access to the ramp at the sharm el sheikh airport to plant a bomb on the russian jet. with investigators this weekend scrutinizing airport surveillance videos and employee records for a possible suspect. congressman adam schiff is one of eight members of congress to receive a classified briefing on the investigation. >> isis may have concluded that the best way to defeat airport defenses is not to through them but to go around them with the help of somebody inside. >> reporter: u.s. authorities tell abc news that electronic intercepts of isis, both before and after the crash, indicated that isis was in communication with someone at the sharm el sheikh airport. >> if this is a bomb by the affiliate of isis in the sinai, isis has now fully eclipsed al qaeda as the gravest terror threat in the world. >> reporter: as more of the 224 russian victims were buried this weekend in st. petersburg, officials said shrapnel wounds were discovered in several of the bodies, another indication that the plane was brought down by an explosive device. on saturday, egyptian officials said the cockpit voice recorder,
the cvr, captured a distinct but undetermined noise just before it stopped working. >> a noise was heard in the last seconds of the cvr recording. >> reporter: u.s. experts say it will be possible, and quickly to determine if that noise was a bomb, and if so, where it was placed. but that hasn't happened yet. and the pace of the investigation has been slow. as of tonight, senior u.s. officials say that fbi experts have not been asked to join the investigation. >> hopefully soon we'll know what the noise was. brian, thank you so much. back to the states, police in louisiana are investigating two of their own for the killing of a 6-year-old boy. a pursuit that ended in a hail of bullets. phillip mena with the latest on this deadly incident.
>> reporter: two louisiana law enforcement officers under arrest and facing charges of second degree murder and attempted second degree murder after an incident that left a father injured and his 6-year-old son dead. >> nothing is more important than this badge that we wear on our uniform. and tonight that badge has been tarnished. >> reporter: investigators interviewing witnesses, examining 911 recordings and body camera footage. >> it is the most disturbing thing i've seen. >> reporter: trying to figure out what led the officers, who were moonlighting as city marshals, to fire their weapons at a vehicle driven by chris few. his son, first-grader jeremy mardis, a passenger, after a pursuit tuesday night. four law enforcement officers in all at the shooting scene. >> that was my little angel. he would just smile and bust out laughing, at the sky. it was almost like he's talking to god. >> reporter: megan dixon, few's fiance, says she and few left in separate vehicles after an argument at this pool hall earlier that evening.
a short time later, she says she saw police vehicles pursuing him. and now, a makeshift memorial, people leaving flowers and balloons at the intersection where the shooting occurred. both officers named in a complaint that is still pending from earlier in the year. as for jeremy, his funeral is tomorrow. now to what some are calling a high-profile hit. a judge, tonight, the troubling question. did any of the thousands of people that came through her court want her dead? here's ryan owens. >> reporter: tonight, police here in austin believe someone may want her dead. and they have no shortage of potential suspects in the shooting of judge julie casirik.
>> at least 1,000 new defendants. not everyone is happy with that. >> reporter: police say she was shot when pulling into the driveway of her home friday night just after 10:00 p.m. the austin american statesman reports, she was coming home from a high school football game with others in her suv. as she pulled up, a bag of trash or garbage can had been place in front of her kbgate. then she was ambushed. the judge's colleagues are being warned to watch their backs. before she became a judge, she was a prosecutor here in austin. so, there may be a long line of
criminals with a grudge against this judge. tom? >> ryan, thank you. now to an extraordinary move by a college football team. dozens of players on the university of missouri team saying they will not play until the president of the university steps down. tonight, their coaches took this photo with the them, protesting how the president has handled racial problems on campus. here's ron claiborne. >> reporter: 30 african-american players saying they won't participate in any activities until the president is fired or steps down. and coach gary pinkel saying, the mizzou family stands as one. >> for the first time in deca s decades, we're seeing sports lead the way on issues of civil
disobedience. >> reporter: tensions on campus have been simmering for weeks. last week, protesters flocking the car of the university president. african-american students protesting white students shouting racial slurs. and protesters s he h failed to adequately address the racism on campus. and the governor of missouri saying, racism and intolerance have no place in missouri. tom? the next game is saturday, if played. >> thank you. and a big change from washington that could make children more safe on the way to
school. for the first time, the governor is supporting a movement to have a seat belt for every child on the bus. here's marcy gonzalez. >> reporter: crashes like this, sending students flying out of their seats. tonight, prompting an effort from federal regulators. and the head of the national highway commission asking for seat belts on every school bus in the country. the agency says it will save the lives of children. >> i believe my daughter would still be here if she had her seat belt on. >> reporter: and all states will be required to have buses with seat belts. crash tests by a seat belt producer says that they can keep
children safer in rollovers. tonight, no timeline on when new requirements will be implemented. marci gonzalez, abc news, new york. and a frightening incident for customers at an ihop. more than a dozen vehicles swallowed up by a giant hole in the earth, running hundreds of feet. investigators are still sorting out why. here's gloria rivera. >> reporter: tonight, a car still teetering on the edge, more than a dozen others buried in the mud below. a massive gash longer than a football field tore through this ihop parking lot on a busy saturday night. >> one of the employees ran over to the window and yells earthquake. everyone in ihop went into a panic. >> reporter: slabs of pavement
cracked open, creating a massive crevice 15 feet deep. remarkably, no one was injured. noah mathis was eating dinner inside with his family. their car parked outside. >> everything was sudden and quick. they were slamming their forks down from eating and they were running outside as quick as they could. >> reporter: emergency personnel say an underground drain pipe collapsed. the investigation has not ruled out construction at the newly opened ihop as a contributing factor. diners, grateful to be unhurt, are now hoping insurance will cover their losses after such a dramatic end to a what was supposed to be a normal night out. gloria riviera, abc news, washington. still ahead tonight, the high school sexting scandal. the app that helps students hide hundreds of racy pictures. and later, a 12-foot gator
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they used smartphone apps to try to keep the pictures hidden. >> it's an app called photo vault. >> reporter: it can mahide as other apps. authorities say they have confiscated three cell phones and are now seeking search warran warrants. >> reporter: we have a telephone with several hundreds of images on it. and this 16-year-old wants the school to move past the scandal. >> they're just scared. they don't want this situation to define them. >> reporter: authorities are considering suspensions, expulsions and some may face felony criminal charges.
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announcer: from abc 7 news, this is a breaking news alert. kimberly: that breaking news is from prince george's town where firefighters are reporting for deaths. let's go live to the scene for more on what happened here. i will update those numbers in just a second. look behind me here -- this has been described by everyone here, witnesses and fire officials as a horrific scene. on the scene in prince george's county and a mutual aid assist from prince george's county. four for tallies, three adults and a child. as many as 12 people injured. three of those were so critically injured they were